Boyfriend of alleged assassin nabbed; Bank Negara warns of distractions

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KINI ROUNDUP Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

Boyfriend of alleged assassin nabbed

Two suspects in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, were remanded for seven days.

Police also detained a third suspect, the boyfriend of one of the alleged female assassin.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed the deceased North Korean man was Jong-nam, after initial uncertainty as he had used a passport under a different name.

Police tightened security at KL International Airport 2, the site of Kim's apparent assassination.

Police also confirmed the post-mortem on Jong-nam was completed but declined to reveal the cause of death.

Samples of a product allegedly used to poison Jong-nam was sent to the Chemistry Department for analysis.

In the wake of the murder, Malaysiakini takes a look at the close diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea in its latest edition of KiniGuide.

Bank Negara warns of distractions

Bank Negara Malaysia says it will cooperate with the task force investigating foreign exchange losses incurred by the central bank more than 25 years ago, but said it should not be distracted from efforts to ensure economic stability.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang slammed the cabinet for "colossal negligence" for approving the task force on the forex scandal but ignoring the current 1MDB scandal.

1MDB's attempt to settle a US$6.5 billion claim from Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) is reportedly still in deadlock.

Malaysia's fourth quarter economic growth for last year expanded by 4.5 percent, an improvement from 4.3 percent in the third quarter but overall growth for 2016 slowed to 4.2 percent compared to 5.0 percent in 2015.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said the strong growth, coupled with increasing BR1M cash handouts, are proof that the country is not going bankrupt as claimed by the opposition.

Much ado about hearses

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Noh Omar defended Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos' stunt of bringing hearses and coffins to the Selangor state secretariat building.

The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) criticised Jamal for the stunt, stating that it was an abuse of mosque assets.

Jamal lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over what he claimed was abuse of the Selangor government's Skim Mesra Usia Emas which provided financial aid to families which have suffered a death.

Other Kinibites

DAP's Puchong MP Gobind Deo Singh said the opposition coalition, including Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), should focus more on a common policy framework than a common logo.

Founding members of Yayasan Pembangunan Anak Yatim/Miskin have sued Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom for RM20 million over alleged mismanagement of the orphans' foundation's funds.

Eleven members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will meet in May to decide on the future of the trade deal following the withdrawal of the US.

Najib moved to strike out Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua's suit against him for misfeasance in public office in relation to 1MDB at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Home Ministry had no objections to PAS' Act 355 rally as it had received the nod from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Looking ahead

PAS top leaders to speak at ceramah tonight to drum up support for the Act 355 rally in Taman Melewar, Gombak. The Act 355 rally, which has the support from Umno, will be held tomorrow.

Umno Sungai Besar to submit a memorandum at Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya this afternoon requesting Jamal be retained as its division chief.

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